World Taekwondo is now truly global since it takes elements from various arts from around the world.
- From Korean taekkyeon it takes its history (it no longer recognizes its Japanese shotokan influence),
- from Irish Riverdance it takes the bouncing up and down on the feet while holding the arms down at the sides,
- from French savate it takes the extensive use of kicking, and
- from French foil fencing it takes the use of blunted weapons, limited targets, body protection, and electronic scoring.